mDP & thunderbolt

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jgbr, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hello

    I have a new 27inch monitor arriving soon.

    I can not get a conclusive answer on it.

    Dell inform the mini display port on the back of the monitor is the latest version but I am wondering about how i connect it to the thunderbolt port on the rMBP or MBA? Shall i just buy a thunderbolt cable or or mDP cable?

    Not sure which way to go.
     
  2. macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

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    If the display is only a DisplayPort display (no Thunderbolt at all,) then use just a DisplayPort cable.
     
  3. macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thats the issue

    the display port will be used by my mac pro on a mini display port to display port.

    That only leaves DVI or MDP in.

    So do i get a thunderbolt cable or mini display port cable
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    if you are using the mini display port on your monitor for a different computer, you will have to use another input, what does thunderbolt have to do with any of this?
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok:

    Mac Pro is linked via mDP to DP.

    So laptops can only go thunderbolt to Mini DisplayPort

    I am asking what cable I need to get? Thunderbolt cable or just a mini display port cable. I only have thunderbolt on laptops and due to size of monitor HDMI etc wont drive up to the resoruon I want.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    If you are connecting a display that has an mDP connector, to a laptop that has a Thunderbolt connector, you only need an inexpensive mDP to mDP cable. You don't need a Thunderbolt cable.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Out of curiosity could I use a thunderbolt cable?
     
  9. macrumors 68040

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    No idea, but why would you want to spend $40 when you could spend $5?

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10246&cs_id=1024602&p_id=5991&seq=1&format=2

    Obviously this is if your are in the US. But the same should be true for just about any country. Why buy an expensive cable with active signal processors when all you need is a "dumb" cable....

    By the way, thanks for pointing out the Dell has both a Displayport and a Mini-displayport. I might really have to consider a couple of these going forward.
     

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